Dissemination of Country Reports: Data Governance and Disinformation Pathways

Date: Wednesday 29th June 2022, 8.30 am to 1.00 pm.
Place: Panafric Hotel.

Introduction.
KICTANet in Partnership with CIPESA conducted two research projects on Data Governance and Disinformation Pathways. This event will form part of our dissemination efforts as well as policy advocacy for the effective implementation of digital rights policies in Kenya. Through this exercise, KICTANet also aims to map out areas for further research and collaboration.

Disinformation Pathways Study
This study was part of 5 African country reports on disinformation(Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, and Uganda). The Kenya country study was conducted in the period of June-December 2021. It highlights the main factors around periods of political contestation such as elections and anti-government protests, as well as those that are related to hate speech. The aim was to understand the nature, perpetrators, strategies, and pathways of disinformation, and its effects on democracy actors including civil society, bloggers, government critics, and activists. Further, the study documented the adequacy and effectiveness of remedial measures by platforms, as well as government responses to disinformation.

Data Governance
KICTANet and CIPESA conducted a survey on the governance of personal data during the Covid-19 pandemic. The research focused on data collection and processing by the government geared towards tackling the pandemic, documenting citizen experiences during these exercises. The study makes recommendations on a framework for data governance during public health crises. The findings of the research will form part of KICTANet’s engagement programs with the newly appointed Data Protection Commissioner and her office.

Event Program

  TIMEDESCRIPTIONFacilitator
8:30 am – 9:00 amArrival and RegistrationKICTANet
9:00 am – 9:20 amWelcome and Introductions ParticipantsParticipants
9:20 am – 10:00 amDisinformation Pathways, presentation of findings by researchersJune Okal, Wambui Wamuyu
10:00 am – 10:30 amDiscussions, Q&AsParticipants
10:30 am – 11:00 amHealth Break
11:00 am – 11:20 pmIntroduction to Data Governance ReportGrace Githaiga, Liz Orembo
11:20 pm – 12:00 pmPresentation by ResearchersMutindi Muema
12:00 – 12:30Discussions, Q&AsParticipants
12:30 pm – 2:00 pmLunch